Finding motivation for faith does not have to be a difficult task, because the Old Testament is full of individuals whose faith and actions were God-honoring and incredibly heroic. If we observe and study their lives we will find a treasure trove of faith strengthening tools and examples for our practical everyday use.
Lots and lots of people pray, and we pray for all kinds of things from wanting more material things in our lives to wanting to be healed from disease or injury, to wanting bad experiences to end. While we also pray for God’s will to be done, it seems as though the focus of most of our prayers is about – well, it is all about "me" – what I feel, what I want and what I prefer. Think about it...praying is supposed to be spiritual access to the God of all things and in that access all we can focus on is...me!? So, how is prayer supposed to work? Are there guidelines or rules for HOW we should pray? Are there dos and don’ts for WHAT we should be praying for? Is prayer an open and easily accessible tool for anyone who wants to talk to God or is it more of a privilege for those who are seeking God’s will?
We all love to be inspired and to inspire others. Jesus was obviously a special man who was able to start a revolutionary movement based on peace and love. What did he do to motivate others and can we follow his example? This podcast offers seven specific keys to inspire others.
Prayer is an almost universal phenomenon. People pray to all kinds of “gods” and we pray about all kinds of things. We use all kinds of tools to help us pray – prayer shawls, wheels, rugs, books and beads, to name a few. People pray to worship, to ask for help, guidance, peace, patience, strength, courage, and tolerance. People pray to complain and vent. People pray to seek revenge, judgment, and self worth. People pray to dictate, command and get rich. People pray for whatever people want, see, like or wish. People pray – does it do any good?
We never seem to have enough time - to do the important things, that is. As Christians, what should we be doing with our time? What shouldn’t we be doing with our time? Is leisure time bad? Is TV bad? ...E-mail, texting, tweeting? ...Checking the sports scores, listening to our favorite music – good? Bad? Does it matter? Did the Apostles' lives provide examples for time management? Is our time really THAT important? Stay with us as we journey through the challenges of managing one of those things that we have a say over and yet rarely speak up about – our time!
Prayer. It is a central activity of most any religion. For people who are very religious, prayer is one of the very basics of their lives. For many who are not normally religious, prayer comes into play when tragedy enters their life and they are suddenly faced with the mortality of themselves or their loved ones. Often, it seems as though the subject of our prayers is, well, ourselves. It seems that we pray when we need something or when we want something, for ourselves or our loved ones. So, is this the purpose for prayer – for our own desires to be noticed, or is there more to it than that? Stay with us as we look into the purpose, passion and power of prayer!
It can happen for many people almost involuntarily. When the situation is difficult, when tragedy strikes, when death approaches, when a loved one is suffering – these are some of the circumstances that prompt us to do it. It crosses the lines of race, creed, religion and political persuasion. It has been shown to have a soothing effect upon us. It prompts us to look for a fulfillment. It is prayer...the simple act of prayer. What is prayer? Why do we pray? Why do most of our prayers seem to go unanswered? Stay with us as we take a biblical look at this phenomena and seek the answer to the question, why do we pray?